Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season.
For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks.
The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children.
When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.
That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.
Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.
A crowd gathers before the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt on July 21 at First Baptist Church on Broadway. Wyatt died earlier this month in Afghanistan, and thousands of community members gathered in red shirts to support the family.
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People in red shirts line Broadway in preparation for the funeral procession of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt from First Baptist Church to the cemetery. After the service at the church, community members spread themselves out along the route.
Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest.